Dayton police cruiser involved in crash

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  A Dayton police officer will be okay after his patrol car was crushed during a chase.

It happened just after 10:00 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Germantown Street and Ruth Avenue.

Authorities say the driver of the vehicle stole it at gunpoint earlier Sunday morning.

“It was a pellet gun but it looked real. To the person who is on the other side of that gun,” said Sgt. Creigee Coleman, “They felt intimidated, they felt scared. The gun looked real it appeared to be real and that person on the other side felt in danger of their life.”

According to Sgt. Coleman, the carjacking suspect, had four others with him and led police on two chases.

The vehicle got away the first time, but was spotted again, soon after.

The second chase ended when police say the suspect blew through a stop sign and hit the officer’s cruiser at Germantown St and Ruth Ave.

Authorities say five people were taken away by medics to local hospitals, one being an officer. All suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver was not injured and was taken to the Public Safety Building for questioning.

The identities of those involved have yet to be released.

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